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New Sigma 24-60 f2.8 EX DG AUD$249 shipped.
Posted By: Dean Bradshaw, 09-13-2014, 03:21 PM

Hi
Noticed this deal in another post, but not listed in Price Watch section as far as I can see.

New and direct from Australian wholesaler C.R. Kennedy.

Sigma 24-60 f2.8 EX DG In Pentax mount with free shipping...in Australia...AUD$249.

https://sigmaphoto.com.au/lenses/24-60mm-28-af-ex-dg

Hope someone can take advantage of this offer.

Cheers
Dean
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09-14-2014, 07:42 AM   #2
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So this is new really old stock? Pretty dense with 77mm filters & 550g, but interesting option when primes are inconvenient.
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If this is still around tonight, I'll post some sample photos with mine so people can see how sharp it is.
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Thanks Jim and JinDesu
Yeah, I don't have this lens myself, so can't comment on performance.

Size wise it's almost a match for the Pentax DA* 16-50, no? The Pentax is also 77mm filter thread and about 550grams...+8mm on the wide end and +10mm on the long end...

I have just recently received a Sigma 28-70 f2.8 DF and haven't really tested it out, but the casual shots I've used it for are looking pretty good so far...if you do post some shots JinDesu I'll be interested to see how they look...sounds like you are pretty happy with your copy?

Anyways, if there is exciting news at Photokina in the next 24 hours then this deal might seem so much better, give the native format this lens supports

Cheers
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Just a little bump for this Price Watch thread, now that the exciting announcement has happened.
Looks like this well priced, full frame, standard f2.8 zoom is still available for $250 new in Australia...may be of interest to folk thinking of buying the new Pentax toy...
Cheers
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I have this lens. Stopped down to 3.5 its really sharp. Ive found the AF inconsistent on my k5 though, even with micro adjustments. It seems prone to the k5 low-light issues at times. Its when you nail it on manual fo us that you realise how good it can be. I suspect on a k5ii or k3 it would be excellent. And yes, i bought it for f/2.8 and with FF in mind.

At $250 Au for a FF 24-60 with large aperture, how can you go wrong?
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If I didn't already have a Tamron 28-75 and an SMC A 35-105 f3.5 for my full-frame standard zoom needs, I'd certainly be a buyer. It's a great price.
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I owned this lens; its sharper than the Sigma 24-70 and is pretty sharp wide open (2.8). As mentioned by Saladin, it's extremely sharp stopped down at all. Slightly warm tone, compared to some of the cooler tones of Pentax lenses. Slightly heavy (heavier than Tamron 17-50)...

Great price for a sharp full frame lens.

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It seems this is only available to Australian residents? At checkout, website limits where it will ship.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jaz Quote
It seems this is only available to Australian residents? At checkout, website limits where it will ship.
Well, that's a bit of a pain.
The seller is the Australian wholesaler for Sigma, so I guess they are limited to both wholesaling and retailing within Australia only?

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I had one of these a while ago but dropped it and it was unrepairable.

Would love another, shame they don't ship to the UK.
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Great find Dean. Just ordered. I am actually saving up for the 645D. The fullframe will have to wait a few extra years as I actually find APS-C pretty good. This offer though is very good and new full frame glass will initially be expensive.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mike.P Quote
I had one of these a while ago but dropped it and it was unrepairable.

Would love another, shame they don't ship to the UK.
Yeah, particularly with the Aussie dollar being pretty weak at the moment...this would work out to about GBP135 or so, right?
I wonder if it worth emailing them directly, rather than just trying the online store? Maybe the can arrange shipping with you directly?

Anyways...

Cheers
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---------- Post added 02-07-15 at 10:45 PM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by howieb101 Quote
Great find Dean. Just ordered. I am actually saving up for the 645D. The fullframe will have to wait a few extra years as I actually find APS-C pretty good. This offer though is very good and new full frame glass will initially be expensive.
Good stuff! Do you know what warranty Sigma offer in Australia?
I must admit, even though I'm 100% sure I don't need it, it's hard to pass up what appears to be a good deal...a touch wide-ish to short portrait on APSC and wide to normal on FF, pretty versatile.

Cheers
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QuoteOriginally posted by jk333 Quote
I owned this lens; its sharper than the Sigma 24-70 and is pretty sharp wide open (2.8). As mentioned by Saladin, it's extremely sharp stopped down at all. Slightly warm tone, compared to some of the cooler tones of Pentax lenses. Slightly heavy (heavier than Tamron 17-50)...

Great price for a sharp full frame lens.
Thanks for the input...it seems most people have fairly positive things to say about this particular Sigma lens.

Cheers
Dean

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
If I didn't already have a Tamron 28-75 and an SMC A 35-105 f3.5 for my full-frame standard zoom needs, I'd certainly be a buyer. It's a great price.
Thanks for your input rawr.
I'm keen to try the A 35-105 one day, certainly very well regarded.
It'll be interesting to see what does happen to lens prices on the secondhand market with the announcement.

Cheers
Dean

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QuoteOriginally posted by saladin Quote
I have this lens. Stopped down to 3.5 its really sharp. Ive found the AF inconsistent on my k5 though, even with micro adjustments. It seems prone to the k5 low-light issues at times. Its when you nail it on manual fo us that you realise how good it can be. I suspect on a k5ii or k3 it would be excellent. And yes, i bought it for f/2.8 and with FF in mind.

At $250 Au for a FF 24-60 with large aperture, how can you go wrong?
Yeah, pretty much same price and role as the DA 16-45 on APSC, right? Just one stop quicker.

Focus inconsistency is a pain on any lens...I long for the day when they figure out how to get the speed and view/feel of an OVF with the accuracy of live view focussing...with the usual caveats that most of my misses are more than likely user error...

Cheers
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I worked it out at 127!!
I have a mate in Aus who is going to try to get me one...(I hope)
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I worked it out at 127!!
I have a mate in Aus who is going to try to get me one...(I hope)
HMRC will also hit you with customs duty and VAT so be sure to take that into account.
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